The true aims of leadership

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 September, 2010, 12:00am

We all know leadership is an important part of our daily lives, but not many of us understand the exact meaning of it. This is what the GSLN (Leaders for the New Generation) course aims to teach students.

I took part in the course recently. In the 70-hour course, there were interactive lectures and a challenging camp.

Participants learned that effective management involves three things - leaders, followers and situations. But it was all just theory until we experienced true leadership at the camp.

The most daunting task was building a bridge across a muddy river within a certain time. It was especially challenging for me as I cannot be exposed to the sun for a long time.

Everyone pulled together and the bridge was built with a little sweat and a lot of hard work. But time was running out. I left my umbrella behind and joined in. Suddenly, despite the mud and the water, one of my teammates shielded me from the sun with an umbrella. This showed me leadership is also about caring for your teammates.

Lastly, there was a project about social problems in Hong Kong which required a lot of co-operation among team members. It was a great way to make new friends.

In conclusion, I think that leadership is a technique, a way of making the best out of situations, and to communicate with your teammates. It is also about caring, co-operating, listening and showing integrity. Join the programme to find out how.

Avis is a member of the fifth Leaders for the New Generation, a leadership enhancement programme for gifted students organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups